New tobacco-free policy a good one
On behalf of the Hernando County Health Department and Tobacco Free Hernando, I'd like to recognize the Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition for its efforts to ensure a safe environment for its employees and visitors by implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free policy on all of its properties.
The coalition joins other local businesses, including Arc Nature Coast, Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Brooksville Regional Hospital and BayCare Behavioral Health as a leader in modeling healthy behaviors that will have positive physical, environmental and financial impact on our community.
Studies indicate that tobacco-free businesses have a lower risk of fire and accidental injuries. They have reduced cleaning and maintenance costs. Tobacco-free work environments have a reduced risk of harm or discomfort to others by the elimination of second- and third-hand smoke. Finally, employees at tobacco-free work sites are more likely to reduce their tobacco use and some are even motivated to quit.
Adopting a smoke-free policy shows an interest in the health and well-being of all Hernando County residents. I wish to congratulate James Farrelly, executive director, its board of directors and the staff for this proactive step.
Elizabeth A. Callaghan, administrator, Hernando County Health Department
Worn state flag tells of leadership
Each time I turn from U.S. 19 onto Spring Hill Drive I feel great pride in our beautiful waterfall and landscaping. The volunteers and donors who worked so hard to refurbish the entrance have given us all a feeling that our community is still thriving and getting better day by day.
The U.S. flag waves tall and proud, the unique Spring Hill flag, donated by Joni Industries, is crisp and new. However, there seems to be a message being sent when one looks at the condition of the pitiful Florida state flag.
Like Old Glory, we are reminded that as Americans, we will continue to maintain the things that must not be neglected. The same goes for the good folks of Spring Hill who have shown their pride of community by refreshing the entrance and providing new flags when needed.
The answer as to why the state flag flying there is a torn, faded eyesore can only be attributed to our current state leadership.
Perhaps that fellow in Tallahassee really is an alien. Maybe he was sent from another planet to destroy our beautiful state by stifling growth and hope, pushing for inshore oil drilling, not seeking compensation from BP for their massive oil spill, closing down the water districts, trying to destroy public education, etc. Why does he hate us so?
I keep hoping that we will wake up from this nightmare and it won't take four years to run him out of Florida. Maybe then we will get a new Florida flag, too.
Fred Montgomery, Weeki Wachee
High praise for Rock the Park
I attended the free Rock the Park concert over the weekend, and just wanted to say it was great! It was a nice informal evening. There was some very nice people, and the music preformed by the Roadkings was awesome.
During the break in sets, there was enough to interest just about anybody with the Brooksville Business Alliance's Summer Nights in Downtown Brooksville. It would be great to have more concerts like this one. I had mentioned it to the woman from the parks department, and encourage anyone who attended and enjoyed themselves to voice their opinion.
Joseph Spano, Spring Hill